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Everything posted by Marlowe

  1. Yes we had the upheaval of the server change, which in fairness heralded the move to web 2.0 here - before that the site was quite clunky and a nightmare to moderate. EDIT: Cannonfodder, really sorry to hear of your loss.
  2. And then spent the next 3 years trying to make it usable! Good to see a lot of the old names are still around.
  3. Wowsers. This thread is still going? Just popping my head through to say hello. Sadly not active in airsoft anymore (but in contact with some people irl / online outside of here). Glad to see some of the old crowd are still here!
  4. Apologies - have been out of the country. Now responded.
  5. MA7 in 2 days! *Last min rush for prep*

  6. 16 people signed up for MA, 17th on the way. Going to be epic. :D

    1. Apex


      Bacon for the win !

  7. Off to Prague for a few days. Will try to get access in the evenings there. :)

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    2. StarMonkee


      That's why he is going. He needs to get his mafia back in order.

    3. Marlowe


      I heard something bad about Germany once, too. Does that mean I shouldn't go there each year, either?

    4. Stuey


      I went to Prague this Christmas, was nice. Taxis are a ripoff though

  8. Bought my Guarder RPK kit from them back in 2004 without problems, but obviously to a lot of you young 'uns that was a lifetime ago and clearly poor basis for their current effectiveness.
  9. Retailer Section is sadly a bit neglected - most retailers don't seem to want to have to maintain their own area and prefer to drop in and post occasionally.
  10. As a starting point I'd suggest if you see posts which are not announcing something new but simply 'we have x back in stock' being made, report them and we will aim to take down. If after that the consensus is that the news section is still being abused, I'll start to tighten up posting restrictions. I'm apprehensive to initiate a heavy-handed lockdown immediately as many smaller commercial organisations (usually the one-man businesses which are highly specialised) find it much more preferable to post in the news section where they can offer more personable responses to queries. I'll happi
  11. It should be visible for you below Off-Topic.
  12. The Regs requirement is 1,000 posts. In Tink's case this is most likely a permission glitch due to him also being staff - in Jal's case it's due to insufficient posts / his vast Gimli-esque beard getting caught in the door on the way in. I'll check it out and try to fix it for you, Tink. If anyone else with 1k+ posts is having similiar issues please let me know.
  13. Back from Sri Lanka...Now Engaged. :|

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    2. FireKnife


      Oh this is just going to spiral into madness isn't it? But hey we all run around the woods with toys so let it begin :P

    3. Gunmane


      What, no one suggested calling in the A-team yet?

    4. FireKnife


      I like it when a plan comes together :P

  14. If there's anything more I can do behind the scenes to help Arn, just give me a shout.
  15. Based upon personal experience, organising anything involving airsofters is much the same as herding cats.
  16. Rather than the massive variation of non UK times being used on a UK forum, could you please use GMT to record the issues?
  17. Arnie, this is mainly one for you. I think it'd help out everyone in the UK if it's an option in the ACP - can't see it myself.
  18. I've been gradually cleaning older / defunct areas of the forums that weren't used / of any relevance or consequence to most members for the past month to try and reduce the demands on the server. If problems persist it might be necessary to remove a lot of the nonposting / stuck in validating limbo accounts.
  19. Essentially if a 'review' thread here at Arnies is not actually a review but just a 'go visit my awesome site', we treat this as what it is - unsolicited commercial posting. It's essentially no different in our eyes to any other entity trying to take advantage of the forum to gain more traffic to its own site. However, if a person submits a full review here (text or video) and then chooses to include a link to the original article on a personal site, that's absolutely fine - we just take exception to individuals that feel we exist as an advertising board for their own site, as most people
  20. Afraid so - otherwise no content is shared here, and the forum just becomes a graveyard of links to personal sites that invariably vanish at some point. Much better to centralise data and allow a link to the original copy also. If you find any which do nothing other than just a link to a review, report them and we'll pull.
  21. Planning for Arnies Party Pad @ Op: Fireball game well underway...Looks like it'll be an international party pad at this rate. :D

    1. Tinkerton



  22. loki7491: Yes, the site is run entirely on a voluntary basis. None of the staff, including Arnie, take a profit from the site - the main source of revenue the site makes is from the front-page-only sponsorship banners, which go towards paying the site's software licences & hosting fees. A very long time ago (back in 2004/5) we had the 'Arnaholic' member group before the modern Forum Regulars occurred, which gave users a custom user group if they made a donation - since then Arnie has been very keen to keep the site 'free-to-use'. Whitehawksan: that was the jist of it. One of the modera
  23. No. Just to bounce an idea off people, a member just contacted me to request a name change and offered to make a donation to the site in return. I haven't accepted one but how would people feel about such an idea? I'm keen to try and build up a 'prize fund' so that we can offer periodic competitions for members only.
  24. Just want to add that in particular I have in mind people who have signed up using their facebook account, and don't wish their real name to be on display here.
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